Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

3:48 PM  Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Blueberry farm aims high video

Blueberry Country Otautau farm manager Simon Bardon says the farm has recovered from major frosts in November 2015.

3:52 PM  A Southland blueberry farm has the goal to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

Loe urges quad bike helmets

110216newsphoto:dianebishop/osf-Worksafe's Safer Farms ambassador Richard Loe at the Southern Field Days.

3:26 PM  Rugged former All Black prop Richard Loe appeals to farmers to take it easy on quad bikes.

Testing the waters

Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson has pinpointed maintaining and improving freshwater quality as her highest priority.

The state of the country's fresh water is at the top of the agenda for this public service boss.

Police hope to bag poachers

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Ryan McLean, 6, of Thornbury, takes a rest from the heat in the tyre well of a John Deere tractor.

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Veteran exhibitor stoked video

Trevor McCall remembers exhibiting his sheep at the inaugural Southern Field Days.

Southern Man competitor Karl Barkley at Southern Field Days in Waimumu, near Gore, on Wednesday.

Age no barrier for Barkley

Karl Barkley has at least 25 years on some fellow Southern Man competitors.

dairy

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

3:48 PM  Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Testing the waters

The state of the country's fresh water is at the top of the agenda for this public service boss.

Lincoln survey finds expansion of no interest to many small dairy farmers.

Small dairy farmers happy to stay that way

Many small dairy farmers are perfectly content with the size of their business but are as keen as bigger operators to lift production, new survey results suggest.

advice

Buying the neighbour's farm?

Do your numbers before leaping into buying the next door farm, advises Pita Alexander.

Many farming couples aspire to buy the next-door block, but the numbers may not stack up.

Down on the farm

A Federated Farmers survey shows confidence at a low level.

Riparian planting protects a stream on a Taranaki farm from nutrient run-off.

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

aquaculture

Fish farm application alarms residents

Okiwi Bay, with D'Urville Island in the distance.

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

Treat for oyster lovers in Auckland

Organisers of the Auckland Seafood Festival say the New Zealand shellfish are as different as individual wines.

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Marine park meetings next week

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

beef

Aviation levy will hit farmers

An aerial topdressing plane applies fertiliser in the Awatere Valley in the South Island.

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

Cricket game planned on Marlborough dry lake bed

The driest summer in 86 years in Marlborough had caused Lake Elterwater, a protected wildlife reserve 40 kilometres south of Blenheim, to dry out.

New Zealand Farmers Livestock agent Simon Bailey, with heading dog Scoot, lying down, and huntaway Jet.

Springboard to new career

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

Sheep

Rain brings new lease of life

Dustin, 6, and Sophie Wright, 9, celebrate the arrival of drought-breaking rain in North Canterbury in January.

While holiday-makers grizzled, Hawarden and Waikari farmers smiled as rain brought their parched farms back to life.

$22.1m research into strong wool

A collaboration between private enterprise and government aims to turn around the flagging wool industry.

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Police hope to bag poachers

Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

cropping

Blueberry farm aims high video

Blueberry Country Otautau farm manager Simon Bardon says the farm has recovered from major frosts in November 2015.

3:52 PM  A Southland blueberry farm has the goal to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

agribusiness

Tree harvester reduces accidents video

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvester in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

LIC half year results hurt by low milk price

Livestock Improvement Corporation posts dip in half year profit and revenue as farmers keep a tight grip on spending in the milk price slump.

The BNZ has taken a cornerstone stake in New Zealand farm accountancy company Figured.

BNZ invests in Figured

The BNZ has invested in internet-based accountancy company Figured.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Video

Blueberry farm aims high

A Southland blueberry farm has the goal to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

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